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Dr Maria Varaki

Dr Maria Varaki

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Lecturer in International Law

Co-Director of the War Crimes Research Group.

Research subject areas

  • Conflict
  • Law
  • Security

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Dr Maria Varaki is a lecturer in international law at the War Studies Department, King's College London. Before moving to London she was a senior research fellow with the Erik Castren Institute of International Law and Human Rights in Helsinki, working on an Aristotelian theory of ethics for global governance. Immediate before she was an Assistant Professor in International Law at Kadir Has University, Faculty of Law in Istanbul. Before joining Kadir Has University, she was a post-doctoral fellow at the Law Faculty of Hebrew University in Jerusalem and a visiting fellow at the iCourts Centre of the University of Copenhagen.

She holds a PhD in International Criminal Law from the Irish Centre for Human Rights in Galway, Ireland and two LLM degrees in International and Comparative Law, one from Tulane University, School of Law and one from New York University, School of Law. Additionally, she has worked for the OHCHR in Geneva, the UNHCR in New York and for the Legal Advisory section of the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court in the Hague. Since November 2017 she is member of the ILA Committee on human rights in times of emergency


  • Public International Law
  • International Criminal Law
  • International Human Rights Law
  • International Courts and Tribunals
  • International Refugee Law
  • Legal Theory, Moral Philosophy


  • International Law and War
  • Peace and Justice
  • Law and Conflict in International Society
  • International Law, Human Rights and Intervention


  • “Effectiveness Considerations between Legitimacy and Prosecutorial Discretion” in 2014 Issue of the Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the American Society of International Law
  • “The second part of the Ideal Theory of John Rawls in The Law of Peoples transplanted and revisited”, Baltic Yearbook of International Law Volume 15, 2015
  • “The revival of sovereignty via the complementarity regime and the ‘doctrinal’ idea of Responsibility to Protect?” in The Arguments on Fragmentation and Constitutionalisation: An Inquiry into the Practice of International Law (Jakubowski & Wierczyńska eds., 2016)
  • “Introducing a fairness based theory of prosecutorial legitimacy before the International Criminal Court” 27 European Journal of International Law 3 (2016)
  • “Infrastructure” in Research Handbook on International Courts and Tribunals (Schabas & Murphy eds., 2017)
  • “Revisiting the 'Interests of Justice' Policy Paper” 15 Journal of International Criminal Justice 3 (2017)